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Members of the Board

Margaret Levi by Mike Nakamura

Margaret Levi

Sara Miller McCune Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

Margaret Levi is the Sara Miller McCune Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford, Professor of Political Science, and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University. She is also Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita of International Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. She earned her BA from Bryn Mawr College in 1968 and her PhD from Harvard University in 1974, the year she joined the faculty of the University of Washington.
She is the winner of the 2019 Johan Skytte Prize. She became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 2002, a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2015, the Robert Dahl Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science in 2017, and a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2018. She served as president of the American Political Science Association from 2004 to 2005. In 2014 she received the William H. Riker Prize in Political Science, in 2017 gave the Elinor Ostrom Memorial Lecture, and in 2018 received an honorary doctorate from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.  She was 2020 winner of the Falling Walls Foundation Prize for breakthrough of the year in social sciences and humanities for her work on an expanded and inclusive community of fate.
Levi is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and seven books, including Of Rule and Revenue (University of California Press, 1988); Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism (Cambridge University Press, 1997); Analytic Narratives (Princeton University Press, 1998); and Cooperation Without Trust? (Russell Sage, 2005). In the Interest of Others (Princeton, 2013), co-authored with John Ahlquist, explores how organizations provoke member willingness to act beyond material interest. In other work, she investigates the conditions under which people come to believe their governments are legitimate and the consequences of those beliefs for compliance, consent, and the rule of law. A Moral Political Economy: Present, Past, Future (Cambridge University Press, 2021), co-authored with Federica Carugati, continues to explore how to build a better society.
She was general editor of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics and is co-general editor of the Annual Review of Political Science. Levi serves on the boards of the: Carlos III-Juan March Institute in Madrid; Scholar and Research Group of the World Justice Project, and the Berggruen Institute. Levi and her husband, Robert Kaplan, are avid collectors of Australian Aboriginal art. Ancestral Modern, an exhibition drawn from their collection, was on view at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) in 2012 and is traveling in the U.S. and Canada in 2017-19. Yale University Press and SAM co-published the catalogue, which is now available online. There was also a 2017 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "On Country: Australian Aboriginal Art from the the Kaplan-Levi Gift." Her fellowships include the Woodrow Wilson in 1968, German Marshall in 1988-9, and the Center for Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences in 1993-1994. She has lectured and been a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, the European University Institute, the Max Planck Institute in Cologne, the Juan March Institute, the Budapest Collegium, Cardiff University, Oxford University, Bergen University, and Peking University.

Abby Smith Rumsey

Chair, Historian and Writer

Abby Smith Rumsey is an intellectual and cultural historian. She focuses on the impact of information technologies on perceptions of history, time, and identity, the nature of evidence, and the changing roles of libraries and archives. Her most recent book is When We Are No More: How Digital Memory is Shaping our Future (2016).
Rumsey served as director of the Scholarly Communication Institute at the University of Virginia; Director of Programs at the Council on Library and Information Resources; and manager of programs relating to preservation of and access to cultural heritage collections at the Library of Congress. She served on the National Science Foundation’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Economics of Digital Preservation and Access; the American Council of Learned Societies’ Commission on the Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences; and the Library of Congress’s National Digital Information Infrastructure Program. 
Board service includes: Chair, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences; the Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library Advisory Council; the Stanford University Library Advisory Committee; the Society of Architectural Historians; the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia; and the Harvard Board of Overseers Committee to Visit the Harvard University Library. Rumsey received a BA from Harvard College and MA and PhD in Russian and intellectual history from Harvard University.

Roberta Katz

Roberta R. Katz

Vice-Chair, Executive Officer and Director of The Charles and Roberta Katz Family Foundation

Roberta Katz, vice-chair of the CASBS board of directors and a senior research scholar at CASBS, coordinates an interdisciplinary set of scholars who have been examining the cultural norms and values of those born during and after the mid-1990s, an age group that has been denominated “Generation Z.”  The research, which has looked closely at the traits that define the Generation Z culture in the U.K. and U.S. as well as at the historical trends that have influenced that culture, is the subject of a forthcoming book entitled “Gen Z, Explained: The Art of Living in a Digital Age.”

Katz holds a PhD in anthropology as well as a law degree, and was previously the General Counsel of McCaw Cellular Corporation (now AT&T Wireless) and then of Netscape Corporation. For thirteen years, she served under Stanford University Presidents John Hennessy and Marc Tessier-Lavigne as the associate vice president for strategic planning at Stanford. She also served as President Tessier-Lavigne’s interim chief of staff until early 2017. Katz has been deeply involved in the facilitation of a variety of interdisciplinary research initiatives at Stanford, and she is a current member of the CASBS board of directors. She is also currently chair of the board of the Exploratorium, a science museum in San Francisco.

Jeff Bleich

Jeffrey L. Bleich

Chief Legal Officer and Chief Risk Officer, Cruise LLC

Jeff Bleich serves as the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Risk Officer of Cruise LLC.  His legal career has included serving as Special Counsel to President Obama in the White House,  Special Master for the U.S. District Courts, court-appointed federal mediator, trial and appellate counsel, adjunct professor of law, and a managing partner of two international law firms.  He has also served as the chair of multiple corporate boards, including the boards of PG&E Co. and Nuix USG, Inc.  Besides these legal and business roles, he served as the 24th U.S. Ambassador to Australia from 2009 to 2013.

After receiving his B.A. in political science, magna cum laude from Amherst College, Bleich earned an M.P.P. from Harvard with highest honors in 1986, and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law with highest honors in 1989. At Berkeley, he served as editor-in-chief of the California Law Review. He clerked for Judge Abner J. Mikva on the D.C. Circuit,  Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on the U.S. Supreme Court, and Howard Holtzmann at the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in the Hague.

Bleich was a partner for 17 years at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, in San Francisco, where he specialized in high stakes technology litigation as well as significant pro bono civil rights matters. He was routinely recognized as one of the nation’s top lawyers by Best Lawyers, Law Dragon, and other publications. He holds, or has held, several other leadership positions, including as chair of the Fulbright Board, chair of the California State University Board of Trustees, president of the California State Bar, president of the Bar Association of San Francisco, chair of the ABA’s Amicus Curiae Committee, and president of the Barristers Club of San Francisco. In 1998, he was appointed by then-President Clinton to serve as director of the White House Commission on Youth Violence following the tragic Columbine shootings.

In recognition of his service, Bleich has received some of the nation’s top honors, including the highest awards for a non-career ambassador by the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Director of National Intelligence. In 2009, the City of San Francisco named a day in his honor.  Bleich holds honorary degrees from San Francisco State University, Griffith University, and Flinders University in Adelaide, which in 2019 established the Bleich Bleich Centre for U.S. Alliance Studies in Digital Technology, Security, and Governance in his name.

Xav Briggs

Xavier de Souza Briggs

Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Xavier (Xav) de Souza Briggs is a senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and a visiting fellow at the SNF Agora Institute on democracy at Johns Hopkins University. Briggs is an expert on economic opportunity and inclusive growth, racial equity and pluralism, housing, urban and regional development, and democratic governance in the U.S. and abroad. An award-winning educator and researcher, he is also an experienced manager in philanthropy and government.
He has written or edited three books: The Geography of Opportunity: Race and Housing Choice in Metropolitan America, which won planning’s top book award; Democracy as Problem Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe, a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Prize for best scholarly book on a social problem, and Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty, winner of the Brownlow Award. His views have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, CNN, and other major media, in English and in Spanish.
In 2020, he served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business, Public Service and Sociology at New York University and was a volunteer on the Biden-Harris Transition Team, conducting agency reviews, serving on the volunteer interviewer corps, and advising on business recovery, climate action, racial equity, worker empowerment, philanthropic partnerships, and other issues.
Prior to joining Brookings, he served for six years as vice president of the Ford Foundation, overseeing the its inclusive economies and markets work globally along with its regional program teams based in China, India, and Indonesia. He led the foundation’s efforts to build the field of impact investing and commit $1 billion of endowment assets, the largest-ever for a private foundation, for that purpose. He was a member of the board executive committee for Living Cities, a consortium of America’s largest private foundations and financial companies.

Previously, Briggs was professor of sociology and urban planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and served as head of MIT’s Housing, Community, and Economic Development Group.  From January 2009 to August 2011, he was appointed by President Obama and served as associate director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. There he oversaw a wide array of policy, budget, and management issues for roughly half of the cabinet agencies of the federal government. He has also worked as a community planner in the South Bronx and faculty member at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
He serves on the boards of Demos, the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, the Global Impact Investing Network, JUST Capital, and One Fair Wage and is an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration. Xav holds an engineering degree from Stanford University, an MPA from Harvard, and a PhD in sociology and education from Columbia University. He also studied as a Rotary Scholar in Brazil.

 

John Seely Brown

John Seely Brown

Independent Co-Chairman, Deloitte Center for the Edge

John Seely Brown (JSB) was the chief scientist of Xerox Corporation until April 2002 and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) until June 2000. He is currently a visiting scholar and advisor to the provost at the University of Southern California and serves as the independent co-chairman for Deloitte’s Center for the Edge.

JSB is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. He serves on numerous private and public boards of directors, including Amazon, and has been a trustee for nonprofits including the MacArthur Foundation and In-Q-Tel.  He coauthored (with Paul Duguid) The Social Life of Information(Harvard Business Review Press, 2000) and (with John Hagel) The Only Sustainable Edge(Harvard Business Review Press, 2005) and The Power of Pull(Basic Books, 2012). His most recent book, The New Culture of Learning(CreateSpace, 2011), was coauthored with Doug Thomas at USC; and his current book project, Design Unbound, is coauthored with Ann Pendleton-Jullian from Georgetown University.

JSB received a BA in mathematics and physics from Brown University in 1962 and a PhD in computer and communication sciences from the University of Michigan in 1970. His eight honorary degrees include: May 2000, Brown University, ScD; July 2001, London Business School, Honorary ScD in Economics; May 2004, Claremont Graduate University, Honorary DHL; May 2005, University of Michigan, Honorary ScD; May 2009, North Carolina State University, Honorary ScD; May 2011, Illinois Institute of Technology, Honorary Doctor of Design; July 2013, Singapore Management University, ScD(CSIS); May 2014, ScD, Bates College.

Shona Brown

Shona Brown

Independent Advisor

Shona Brown joined Google’s executive team in 2003. She served in the capacity of SVP of Business Operations until 2011 when she transitioned to a role leading Google’s technology for social impact efforts, and in January of 2013 she moved into an advisory role with the company.
Currently, Dr. Brown serves on the board of directors of PepsiCo, Atlassian, and DoorDash. She is also a board member of several non-profit organizations including The Center For Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford, The Knight Foundation, and Code for America.
Prior to joining Google, Dr. Brown was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where her focus was working with technology companies on growth strategy and portfolio transformation. She is the author of Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos, which introduced a new strategic model for competing in volatile markets. She has a bachelor's degree in computer systems engineering from Carleton University in Canada, an M.A. in economics and philosophy from Oxford University (which she attended as a Rhodes scholar), and a Ph.D. from Stanford University's Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.

Marcy Carsey

Marcy Carsey

Founder, Carsey-Werner Company

Marcy Carsey was a partner with Tom Werner in the Carsey Werner Company, responsible for shows like "The Cosby Show," "Roseanne," "Third Rock from the Sun," and "That 70's Show."

Born in Weymouth, Massachusetts to a dad who worked in the shipyard and a mom who taught her to always go for it, Carsey graduated from the University of New Hampshire and headed to New York to get a foothold in TV as an NBC tour guide at 30 Rock.  She rose through many jobs on both coasts, culminating in being named head of series television at ABC in Los Angeles.  Her mom cheered.

In 1980 she left ABC to form her own production company, and later Tom Werner joined her. They had a great run, and now she puts her energies into things like public education, social justice causes and chairing the Hammer Museum board. Marcy has two children, Becky and Pete, and three stepchildren.

Dave HItz

Dave Hitz

Chairman, Hitz Foundation, Founder Emeritus, NetApp

Focus areas for the Hitz Foundation include Mayan archeology, 3D scanning of ancient sites and museum collections, and global sustainability. Hitz co-founded Play On Shakespeare, which has translated all of Shakespeare's plays into present-day, performable English; it is now sponsoring theatrical productions as well as podcasts of these translations. Play On has been called the single largest literary translation project since the King James Bible—and also “a waste of money and talent.” As chairman of Deep Springs College, Hitz helped guide the transition to coeducation after 100 years of all-male enrollment.

In 1992, Hitz co-founded NetApp, a Silicon Valley data management company. His roles included programmer, evangelist, architect, Executive VP of Engineering, cheerleader, strategist, and coach. Hitz is an inventor on 29 patents. He wrote a book, How to Castrate a Bull: Unexpected Lessons on Risk, Growth, and Success in Business, about NetApp's journey from startup to Fortune 500. Hitz is currently Founder Emeritus. Prior to NetApp, he worked for MIPS and Auspex.

Hitz dropped out of high school. He attended George Washington University, Swarthmore College, Deep Springs College, and—finally—Princeton University where he received a BSE in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. At Deep Springs College, Dave worked as a cowboy and learned to herd, brand, and castrate cattle.

Salar Kamangar

Salar Kamangar

Independent Advisor

As Google’s ninth employee, Salar's early roles at Google included drafting its first business plan, starting its early legal and finance functions, and co-founding Google's product team. Salar and his engineering partner designed AdWords, then helped grow it into Google's major source of revenue. He next led product management for Google's web applications, including Gmail and Docs. He advocated for Google's purchase of YouTube, and led the organization from 2009 through early 2014, where he helped expand the site into a global broadcast platform for thousands of advertisers, millions of creators, and more than one billion viewers. Salar earned his bachelor's degree in biological sciences with honors from Stanford University.

Chien Lee

Chien Lee

Chairman, Bei Shan Tang Foundation

Chien Lee is a native of Hong Kong who spends most of his time working with not-for-profit organizations, particularly in the education sector. Aside from chairing his family’s foundation, Lee is Vice Chairman of the Council of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chairman of the CUHK Medical Center, Supervisor of St. Paul's Co-educational College in Hong Kong and Trustee of Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. Lee is also a non-executive director of Hysan Development Company Limited and Swire Pacific Limited, which are publicly listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Lee received his BS, MS, and MBA degrees from Stanford University and has served his alma mater in many capacities, including on the university's Board of Trustees, the Board of the Stanford Alumni Association, the Advisory Councils of the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies, the Graduate School of Business, the Graduate School of Education, and the School of Engineering.  He is currently on the Board of Stanford Health Care (previously known as Stanford Hospital and Clinics).  

 

Heather Munroe-Blum

Heather Munroe-Blum

Principal (President) Emerita, McGill University, Chair, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments))

Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum (CASBS Class of 2013-14) is Chairperson of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) and Principal (President) Emerita McGill University. She has served as a distinguished university leader and a senior contributor in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology, public policy and governance - an accomplished researcher, policy maker and businesswoman. She served as Vice-President, Research and International Relations, at the University of Toronto, and subsequently became the first woman to be appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor (President) of McGill University, a position she held for over a decade. She has served on the boards of numerous publicly traded companies including Four Seasons Hotel, the Royal Bank of Canada, Alcan, and CGI Group, and, she serves and has served in leadership roles on a multitude of national and international commissions and task forces, special committees, and, boards in the science, innovation and broader public policy realms. She is currently Chairperson of the Gairdner Foundation, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation, Co-Founder of the McGill Neuro’s Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI) and Co-Chair of its Leaders’ Council, Advisor to the McGill University Health Centre Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (Mi4), and, Member of The Committee on the Future of Corporate Governance in Canada, the Advisory Board of Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), and, the Trilateral Commission.

Munroe-Blum is a graduate of McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been an influential advocate for educational, scientific and broader policy vehicles to advance population health, economic and social well-being. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Quebec, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and recipient of numerous national and international honorary degrees and awards. She is married to screenwriter and yogi, Len Blum, and is a proud mother and grandmother.

Paul Ricci

Paul Ricci

Paul Ricci was the chairman and CEO of Nuance Communications until he retired in March 2018.  While at Nuance, Ricci transformed the company from a small imaging software publisher into a $2 billion leading provider of conversational speech and AI solutions, with 14,000 employees worldwide.  During his tenure, the company successfully developed a pioneering healthcare technology business, became the leading global provider of customer self-service solutions, and built one of the world’s largest independent automotive software businesses.

Prior to joining Nuance in 2000, Ricci spent more than a decade at Xerox Corporation, where he served as a division president.  He began his career at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center. Ricci holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Stanford University.  He is a member of the Innovation Advisory Board at Partners Healthcare.

Katherine Stovel

Katherine W. Stovel

Professor and Chair, Sociology Department, University of Washington

Katherine Stovel is professor and chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Washington.  From 2014-2017 she was the director of the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences.

Stovel is general sociologist who studies basic questions concerning the dynamic interplay of social organization and social relations.  Her research, which follows in the tradition of social networks analysis, examines how core social processes are expressed in particular settings, and why these processes occasionally result in new institutional arrangements or new identities for individuals. Over the years she has investigated a number of substantive topics, including the impact of technological change on innovation, the micro-dynamics of brokerage relations, the impact of networks on employment segregation, the emergence of modern career systems, the process of becoming a Nazi, and temporal patterning in lynching in the Southern US.  She also has a long-standing interest in how social context affects the health of adolescents.  Stovel’s research has been published in major journals in Sociology and related disciplines, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and several private foundations.

Stovel holds an A.B. in political science from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She spent the 2008-09 academic year as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and from 2013-17 served as the editor of the British Journal of Sociology

 In her extra-professional life, she enjoys sailing, cooking, and learning about early 20th century expressionist art.

Maryanne Wolf

Professor in Residence and Director, Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice, UCLA

Maryanne Wolf is a scholar, teacher, and advocate for children and literacy around the world. She is the director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at UCLA in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the former John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. She is Chapman University’s Presidential Fellow (2018-2020) and past fellow (2014-2015) and research affiliate (2016-2017) at CASBS.

Wolf's awards include highest honors from International Dyslexia Association (Geschwind and Orton awards) and The Dyslexia Foundation (Einstein Prize); Distinguished Researcher of the Year for Learning Disabilities in Australia; Distinguished Teacher of the Year from the  state and national American Psychological Association; Fulbright Fellowship ( Germany); and the Christopher Columbus Award for Intellectual Innovation for co-founding  Curious Learning: A Global Literacy Initiative, with deployments in Africa, India, Australia, and rural United States. She is external advisor to the International Monetary Fund, Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation, and other Boards, and a frequent speaker about global literacy at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Wolf has authored over 170 scientific publications; the RAVE-O reading curriculum for dyslexia; RAN/RAS tests of reading prediction with Martha Denckla; and Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (15 translations; HarperCollins, 2007); Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2016); and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital Culture (11 translations, HarperCollins, 2018). Most recently (October 2019), she received both the national award from the Reading League for her contributions on reading research and the Walter Ong Award for her work on the effects of different mediums on the intellectual development of the species.

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (Chairman Emeritus)

President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. A former justice of the Supreme Court of California, he served two U.S. presidents at the White House and in federal agencies, and was a faculty member at Stanford University for two decades.

Before serving on California’s highest court, he was the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science, and director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford. In this capacity, he oversaw programs on international security, governance and development, global health, cyber policy, migration, and climate change and food security. Previously, he co-directed the Institute’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and led its Honors Program in International Security.

While serving in the Obama White House as the president’s special assistant for justice and regulatory policy, he led the Domestic Policy Council teams responsible for civil and criminal justice reform, public health, immigration, transnational regulatory issues, and supporting the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. He then co-chaired the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission, and was a presidential appointee to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States. As a California Supreme Court justice, he oversaw reforms of the California court system’s operations to better meet the needs of millions of limited-English speakers.

A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cuéllar is the author of Governing Security: The Hidden Origins of American Security Agencies (2013) and has published widely on transnational regulatory and security problems, American institutions, public law, and technology’s impact on law and government. Cuéllar co-authored the first ever report on the use of artificial intelligence across federal agencies. He has served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Social and Ethical Implications of Computing Research and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on Accelerating Climate Action.

He chairs the board of the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and is a member of the Harvard Corporation. Earlier, he chaired the boards of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and Stanford Seed, and co-chaired the Obama Biden Presidential Transition Task Force on Immigration.

Born in Matamoros, Mexico, he grew up primarily in communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. He graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School, and received a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. He began his career at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Sara Miller McCune

Sara Miller McCune (Emerita)

Founder and Executive Chairman, SAGE Publishing

Sara Miller McCune is the founder and chair emeritus of SAGE Publishing. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering dedication to academia, the then-24-year-old Sara founded SAGE in 1965 to start a company that would allow scholars to disseminate quality research in their own voices and break new ground in emerging fields of study. Today, Ms. McCune also serves as a director of SAGE Publications Ltd (London, founded in 1971) and Corwin, a SAGE company and leading publisher for educational administrators and teachers. SAGE set up subsidiaries in India in 1981, Singapore in 2006, Melbourne in 2015, and Toronto in 2018. While Ms. McCune remains actively involved in the company's ongoing expansion and development, in keeping with a longstanding plan, in 2021 she transferred her voting sh ares and con trol of the company to an independent trust. The move ensures SAGE's independence and will ultimately see a number of higher education institutions become SAGE's beneficial owners. 
 
Reflecting her longstanding interest in philanthropy, especially in promoting social, educational, economic, and environmental justice, Ms. McCune is founder and president of the McCune Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Ventura County, California, where SAGE's home office is located. The foundation supports productive change through building social capital in two counties on California's Central Coast. 
 
In 2012, Ms. McCune received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Queens College (CUNY), for her visionary work as publisher, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary fellowship from Cardiff University and an honorary doctorate from Bath University and in 2016, Ms. McCune received honorary degrees from California State University Channel Islands and Sussex University. Ms. McCune is also an Honorary Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford. Additionally, she is an honorary alumna of University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), as well as a recipient of their highest honor, the Santa Barbara Medal. 
 
In 2018, Ms. McCune was awarded the coveted London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her 50+ years working within the publishing industry. The award is a testament to her tireless support of social science research, her unwavering commitment to the global dissemination of knowledge, and her passionate belief that education is fundamental for the formation of healthy societies. In 2018 she was selected for membership in the prestigious American Philosophical Society (founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin), and in April of 2019, she received the Venky Narayanamurti Entrepreneurial Leadership Award from UCSB's College of Engineering. 
 
An active supporter of the behavioral and social sciences, McCune serves on the New-York based Social Science Research Council's Board of Directors and is a past chair of their Visiting Committee. Previously, she was a long-serving member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and is a current board member emerita of Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

William H. Neukom

William H. Neukom (Emeritus)

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the World Justice Project

William “Bill” Neukom is the founder and chief executive officer of the World Justice Project, an organization devoted to promoting the rule of law throughout the world. He is a retired partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm K&L Gates, and is a lecturer at Stanford Law School where he teaches a seminar on the rule of law.

Bill was the lead lawyer for Microsoft for nearly 25 years, managing its legal, government and industry affairs, and philanthropic activities. He retired from Microsoft as its executive vice president of law and corporate affairs in 2002, and returned to his law firm and served as its chair from 2003 to 2007. He was president of the American Bar Association from 2007 to 2008 and received the ABA Medal in 2020. He was the chief executive office of the San Francisco Giants baseball team from 2008 to 2011. He joined the board of directors of Fortinet, Inc. in 2013 and currently serves as its lead independent director.

He is a trustee emeritus of University of Puget Sound and Dartmouth College, where he served as chair of the board from 2004 to 2007. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at Stanford Law School and served as its chair from 2012 – 2015. He is chair of the External Advisory Board of the Population Health Initiative at the University of Washington.

He earned his AB from Dartmouth College and his LLB from Stanford University and has honorary degrees from Dartmouth College, Gonzaga University, the University of Puget Sound, and the University of South Carolina.

Bill serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Asia Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, Ecotrust, and the William D. Ruckelshaus Center.

In 1995, Bill and his children founded the Neukom Family Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations in the fields of education, the environment, health, human services, and justice.

He and his wife, Sally, live in Seattle and together have five children and sixteen grandchildren.